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Turn-Based Tactical Game Goblin Squad Announced

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Independent Italian game developer 34BigThings has announced its first foray into turn-based tactical games: Goblin Squad.

Earlier this week, the team, already known as one of the biggest independent game developer studios,  revealed Goblin Squad. A turn-based title developed by fellow Italian studio Event Horizon Studios, and the first to be published for 34BigThings, Goblin Squad sets players as the leader of a small commando of goblins who want to seize power and wrest control from the equally-power-hungry humans. The powergrabbing quest for gold, loot, and glory is set to begin for players on the PC via Steam on May 10.

Valeria Di Donato, CEO of 34bigthings, stated that he believes the company’s past titles provided the team with a good foundation on which to build an effective and fun experience for players using a turn-based system.

In an interesting tidbit, the press release also mentioned Goblin Squad‘s game designer, Gabriele Gallo, who added that the game’s original design drew inspiration from chess and XCOM. Gallo went on to say that the scope was resized to fit the capabilities of the team, and that it is quite happy with the final product that is Goblin Squad.

Take a look at the trailer on the game’s Steam page via the link above, then let us know what you think about Goblin Squad in the comments.

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Layers of Fear 2 Launching Late Next Month

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Layers of Fear 2

Layers of Fear 2 has been talked about for a while now and is finally coming late next month.

Announced today by publisher Gun Media, the sequel to the psychological romp through artistic ego Layers of Fear is set to launch May 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gameplay-wise, the sequel looks to cover similar ground as its predecessor. As a first-person psychological horror with “an emphasis on exploration and story,” players meander through heavily-scripted set-pieces while solving puzzles and being scared a whole lot.

Layers of Fear 2, though, will be swapping the paintbrush for the dizzying heights of Hollywood. According to the game’s Steam synopsis, players “control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner.”

Stifled by their own acting ambitions, the protagonist finds themselves alone and marooned on an increasingly nightmarish boat. The game’s unnamed protagonist must navigate their own past and the challenges the director sets them to unlock the secret to not just the film they are starring in, but their own motivations.

The original Layers of Fear was a captivating take on modern, story-driven horror, so the sequel’s inventive premise and greater scope are welcomed. While the sequel is embarking to a radically different setting, the title looks likely to recapture the original’s claustrophobic, atmospheric level design.

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